Shamrock was as over as anybody in the attitude-era and received some of the biggest pops out of anyone on the roster during that time period. He had some of the best into music of all-time and always came out looking like he was ready to snap someone's neck. His tremendous feud with the Rock over the IC title in 1998 really helped set up the Rock for his main event push later that year. Unfortunately for Shamrock, he suffered a terrible injury in 1999 at the hands of Chris Jericho's bodyguard, Mr. Hughes, which led to his departure from the WWF. If Shamrock came along in 2007 instead of 1997, I have no doubt he would be a multiple time world champion. His charisma, intensity and background would certainly make him stick out further in a significantly less loaded era in the WWE.
2 Cold Scorpio
I'm going to be honest here, I love 2 Cold more than possibly anybody in the world. I couldn't write a column about underrated performers without mentioning Scorpio, so I will try and keep this short. Scorpio was one of the first American wrestlers to use high-flying, lucha libre style moves. He is what many fans call the innovator of the 450 splash and his travels in Mexico, Europe and Japan made him one of the most versatile and well-rounded wrestlers to ever get in the ring. When he entered WCW his style immediately made him stick out from the traditional mat-based wrestlers of the old-NWA. His success in WCW was quick, as he soon jumped ship to ECW, where he would win the TV Title 4 times and continuously bring the house down. His 30 minute draw with Sabu is one of my all-time favorite matches and one of the reasons ECW could stake a claim as having the best wrestling product in the world during that time period.
While Kane, Windham and Shamrock all attained some significant championship success on the biggest stages of wrestling, Scorpio never really did. He was saddled as Flash Funk in the WWF and never picked up any meaningful wins over anybody but jobbers. Scorpio possessed great charisma, his jiving and attitude in the ring made him look like a black, in-shape Dusty Rhodes. I know this is going to sound ridiculous, and you can slam me in the comments if you want too, but I honestly think that Scorpio was better than Eddie Guerrero. He was just as good in the ring, and he had more charisma. The only difference is that WCW and the WWE gave Eddie the opportunities to succeed on a huge level, while Scorpio could only do so in ECW and in Japan. Scorpio is still active on the indy circuit, and he can still do the 450 splash, but it sucks to think about how much potential was wasted by bookers who couldn't see the real talent of Scorpio.
Got a news tip or correction? Send it to us by clicking here.
Triple H Reveals Takeover Theme, Booker T Makes Rare Indie Appearance (Video), Stock, WWE - Buffalo
How Was WWE SmackDown Viewership For First Live Show Following The Draft?
WWE Video From "The Late Late Show", Kevin Nash And Ric Flair On Triple H, WWE Live Event Matches
Finn Balor Says This Is Just The Beginning, Comments On Time In WWE NXT And Monday's RAW Debut
Nikki Bella Clip From The WWE PC, WWE NXT Superstar Going Back To His Roots, SmackDown Top 10
Did Triple H Or Vince McMahon Book Finn Balor On RAW?, Photo Of Braun Strowman Getting New Look
The Rock For President Sign At DNC Media, "Ballers" $200 Million Lawsuit Update, Roddy Piper Movie
Pat Patterson On Fighting Vince McMahon To Bring Back Daniel Bryan And HBK, Star With Most Potential
WWE Monday Night RAW Results - Big Main Event And Debuts, Title Change, The Club Attacks, More
WWE SmackDown Results - Six Pack Challenge, Randy Orton Wrestles, WWE NXT Stars Arrive, More
What Happened After WWE RAW Went Off The Air With John Cena, AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins
Original WWE SummerSlam Match Changed, Matt Morgan On What WWE Should Do With Roman Reigns, More
Gimmick Change For WWE Superstar, WWE RAW Pre-show Panel Update, Battleground Twitter TV Ratings
WWE Star Frustrated?, Rusev Wants Better Competition (Video), Lilian Garcia - WWE Battleground Note
Former WWE Superstar Returning For The RAW Brand Soon, Update On Other Names Rumored To Return
New WWE Title Announced For The RAW Brand, Big SummerSlam Main Event In The Works